‘Game of Thrones’ final battle: Jon Snow (Kit Harington) vs. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) for the Iron Throne?

Game of Thrones” only has two seasons to go. The penultimate seasonthe show’s seventh — begins this coming Sunday, July 16, so we asked our readers who should sit on the Iron Throne and rule Westeros when all is said and done. As of this writing it’s a neck-and-neck contest between the recently resurrected Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the crusading Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). So in this run-off you can decide once and for all who should rule the Seven Kingdoms. Vote below.

Daenerys held a very narrow lead in our previous poll with 30% of the vote, with Jon Snow close behind at 29%, but over the course of the series only one of them has actively been pursuing power. Daenerys is the daughter of Mad King Aerys Targaryen, who was overthrown by Robert Baratheon, who in turn was murdered by his wife Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) in order to install her family on the throne. Originally a pawn of her older brother, Daenerys eventually stepped out from under him and began to assemble an army of her own to reclaim her birthright.

Jon Snow also has royal blood, but he doesn’t know it yet. Raised as the bastard son of Ned Stark, he’s actually the son of Ned’s sister Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen. That makes him the grandson of the Mad King and the nephew of Daenerys. But if and when he finds out the truth about his parentage, he may have bigger problems than pursuing the throne. As Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, he’s been fighting off the threat of the Night King and his White Walkers beyond the wall in the north. He may not even want the Iron Throne. But perhaps that very humility makes him precisely the right person to rule Westeros.

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